The New Monasticism

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Young leaders of the new monastic movement introduce their vision for contemplative life—one that draws from the long traditions of East and West but also seeks an interreligious and "interspiritual" dimension to intentional living in our time. With a preface by Mirabai Starr, a foreword by Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, and an afterword by Fr. Thomas Keating.

The New Monasticism introduces the "new monastic movement," offering the authors' intellectual and spiritual reflections on what contemplative life could look like in the 21st century. With chapters focusing on spiritual practice, vocation, contemplation and activism, dialogical dialogue, the relationship with traditional religious paths, contemplative psychology and the building of intentional communities, the authors seek to "cut across the boundaries of religious traditions, of contemplation and action, and endeavor to create intergenerational alliances between those immersed in the depths of our traditional religious frameworks and those who are being called to contemplative and prophetic life outside of those frameworks."

While drawing on the work of Raimon Panikkar, St. Teresa of Avila, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ewert Cousins, Fr. Bede Griffiths, Thomas Merton, Brother Wayne Teasdale, St. John of the Cross and the Russian sophianic tradition, among others, the book also incorporates some popular modern day academic, cultural, and contemplative theorists, such as Ken Wilber and Fr. Thomas Keating, who speak to young people about creating a more sacred and just world while providing them with sophisticated tools for psychological analysis and integrated action. It also offers specific practices for a disciplined contemplative life and inspired social justice activism.

Rory McEntee serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for New Monasticism. As a contemplative “in the world” working at an intersection of spirituality, education and social justice, he helped found the Interspiritual Movement, and counts the late Brother Wayne Teasdale, Fr. Thomas Keating and The Dalai Lama as his mentors

Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation. His work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Shambala Sun, and Sojourners. 

Book Details

Title:
The New Monasticism
Subtitle:
An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living
Author:
Rory McEntee
Co-Author:
Adam Bucko
Co-Author:
Preface by Mirabai Starr
Other:
Foreword by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Includes:
Afterword by Thomas Keating
Pages:
248
Binding:
softcover
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The New Monasticism Table of Contents 102 Kb
This book is a divining rod for the crossroads where we find ourselves. There is enough guidance, connection, and wisdom in this book to keep us acting and praying for a lifetime.
For new monastics, the boundaries of religious traditions are fluid. New monastics take seriously the wisdom from many religious traditions, while embracing insights from science, sociology, and psychology.... The book provides a theological, philosophical, and contemplative foundation for the new monasticism.
This original spiritual praxis is particularly recommended for all those -- nones included-- seeking a rich resource that will challenge and inspire them to reach new levels of introspection, prophetic witness and compassionate activism.
Provides scholarly theology readers with a powerful survey that considers how interspirituality can unite the human race, how different perspectives evolve from the contemplative journey, and how new monastics can find newfound inspiration in evangelical new communities around the country.The result is a guide for spiritual thinkers that makes the most of the latest visions of how a contemplative attitude and approach can be applied to daily life.
Along the way to the finale, McEntee and Bucko explore "The Nine Elements of Spiritual Maturity," as spelled out by Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart. They pay tribute to the wisdom, guidance and inspiration they have received over the years from Father Thomas Keating who has written an "Afterword" for this paperback. He gives credit to the Holy Spirit for "the good energy" of the New Monasticism.
This book is a divining rod for the crossroads where we find ourselves. For monastic legacies in danger of extinction, for a world that has never needed them more desperately, Bucko and McEntee offer a vision that is old as well as new, rooted as well as cosmopolitan. The New Monasticism may soon be, simply, monasticism itself. . .
Adam and Rory have responded both to their heart’s calling and the need of the time… Here is the path from separation back to union with God told once again, in a language both ancient and modern. It speaks to the present day, of a ‘new monasticism’ without the walls and regulations…as essential and needed in the cities of today as in the monasteries and hermitages of an earlier time. Their “new monasticism” is not an escape from life, but a celebration of what it really means to be alive. …Adam and Rory offer a set of principles, of blessed simplicity, contemplation, spiritual friendship, and an awareness of the inner values that belong to the core of what it really means to be a human being. They also stress the grounded need for psychological work, an essential part of the transformative journey that takes one towards spiritual maturity. This is an organic, evolving vision that speaks to the need of the time, of a moment in our human history when the spirit is coming alive in a new way. It is a doorway to walk through into sacred space.
The inspiration of this book and its presentation of ‘The New Monasticism’ seems to be a genuine movement of the Holy Spirit. … Adam and Rory have recognized the benefits as well as the hazards of trying to create a new set of spiritual practices built on the wisdom of traditional monastic structures, but with great openness to the technological and scientific opportunities of contemporary culture. …This great love calls for a personal response from humans that leads to the most intimate relationship conceivable. It awaits our consent.
The New Monasticism is a sensitive and often symphonic rendering of Wisdom’s irresistible call to participate in the life story of God through intimate gatherings with others, communion with Earth, and the discovery of the divine Artist who lives in every person. As more and more people feel themselves drawn to new and ancient models of community, creativity, prayer, and peacemaking, McEntee and Bucko have given us an indispensable handbook for what Thomas Merton calls ‘the work of new being in grace.’ This is an inspired invitation and blueprint, tested by the authors’ real-world experiences, for rediscovering Love and mystical theology as an integral way of life.”-Christopher Pramuk, PhD, author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton.
“A superb, important new book surveying a significant new spiritual movement…a movement that is an important part of the population of those who identify themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious. A large part of this movement—in any of its many forms—is driven by the fact that today, for the first time in history, we have access to all of the world’s great religious and spiritual traditions, and the many ways that they complement—and in some ways complete—each other…The authors explore this new territory, its meaning, its many practices, its actual components, in a lucid, clear, compelling way, making the central insights of this significant, leading-edge evolutionary movement open and accessible. Highly recommended for anybody who wants their thumb on the spiritual pulse of today’s religious seeker, or who feels themselves that they are ‘spiritual but not religious.
Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko, pilgrims of a new monasticism, write with reverence about our collective spiritual inheritance, and in remembrance of the singular Presence that alone fills the soul’s longing. Offering a comprehensive introduction to a new monastic movement, including its pathways and transformations, Bucko and McEntee share their map of the journey to Divine awakening, honoring the monk within. This is a book for anyone who seeks the mystical cloister beyond any one form, with a monastic heart open to all creation.
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